BRONX, N.Y. -- The Felician College men's cross-country team opened its 2011 season with a fifth-place finish out of 15 schools in the Division II/III race at the Fordham University Fiasco on Saturday morning at Van Cortlandt Park.
As he has been most of the last two seasons, junior Rob Albano (Pomtpon Plains, NJ) was Felician's frontrunner. Albano placed 10th out of 155 entrants. The race was intended to be five miles long, but ended up less than that when the leaders took a wrong turn and the pack followed. Albano clocked in at 25 minutes, 39 seconds on the shortened course.
Junior Taylor Trumbetti (Montvale, NJ) finished 22nd for the Golden Falcons in 26:25, and was followed by senior James Vander Wiele (Pequannock, NJ), who was 40th in 27:12. Also scoring for Felician was freshman Joe Eagan (Haddonfield, NJ) (69th, 28:18) and junior Tim Kicha (Saddle Brook, NJ) (79th, 28:42). Kicha crossed the line a fraction of a second ahead of teammate Nick Mardirosian (Manahawkin, NJ) (80th, 28:43).
Felician was first among three Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference schools in the meet, scoring 186 points. Overall, East Stroudsburg University was the team champion with 52 points, and Colin English of Ramapo College took individual honors in 25:07. Click here for complete results.
The day began with a stirring remembrance of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks. U.S. Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), a high school friend of Fordham head coach Tom Dewey, was the featured speaker.